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is concerned. the locals were saying, it is teasing us. we will hang out and see what happens, until they run us off the island of. >> evacuation orders or already in effect and some are expected later today. as far north as massachusetts, many are not waiting for orders, pulling boats from the water and preparing to ride out the storm. >> i will be in the basement if need be. we have plenty of supplies. >> the entire east coast now anxiously awaiting hurricane earl. if officials will meet later discussed the possibility of evacutations and to continue to prepare for earl. >> you can track earl by logging on to the weather page of wbaltv.com. our team coverage continues later on today with live reports from ocean city. they begin at 5:00 p.m. >> a neighborhood is on edge in anne arundel county. a woman was sexually assaulted. jennifer franciotti has more on this disturbing story. >> police have been handing out fliers and asking for the public's health to find the man that raped an elderly woman. a man broke into it will install on monday. once inside, they say he raped the victim then fled t
, the sea breeze giving us some ice conditions out here. really comfortable low humidity, and folks are able to enjoy themselves -- nice conditions out here. we have the mayor of ocean city joining us. we talked last hour and there were some things you wanted to point out. a lot of people are wondering, should i come down, and when? you are telling folks definitely come down, but may be planted out a little bit crude >> just common sense. it looks like the storm will arrive sometime friday morning and pushed through here friday afternoon. is moving pretty quickly and should be out of here late friday afternoon. after that, this is the kind of whether we can expect not long after that. we encourage everyone to plan to continue to come to ocean city, just wait until the event is passed. later on friday, early saturday morning to you should not have any problems at all. >> the national weather service issuing a tropical storm warning for this area. what precautions are you taking? another you are taking it seriously, but we are not talking about evacuation's here, just being prepared. >> we are
of tonight's commitment 2010 report. jayne miller joins us live in the newsroom. >> the new reports show that republican bob ehrlich has outraged democratic governor martin o'malley -- out raised governor martin o'malley. challenger gregg bernstein continues to surge in financial support to try to unseat incumbent pat jessamy. the challenger continues to pull in donors at a brisk clip, outperforming incumbent pat jessamy by a margin of nearly 3 to 1. the report shows he has raised more than $70,000 in just 19 days from august 10 thru august 29. most of the donations were less than $100, according to the bernstein campaign. he has a comfortable cushion for a last-minute advertising leading up to the election. by contrast, pat jessamy has pulled in $28,000 over the same 19-day period. we reported a loan wednesday, a personal loan jessamy is making to help pay for tv advertising that just started on the air. >> a spokesperson for the o'malley campaign called the recent aids in fund-raising for challenger bob ehrlich no big deal. the spokesperson said that have taken a break. the o'malley ca
for joining us this morning. >> john collins is in today for tony pann. >> we have a couple of scattered clouds. it is pleasant and cool. almost chilly. it is chilly in the mountains with temperatures in the 40's this morning. 62 degrees at the airport. 67% is the humidity. that number is always high in the morning hours. that number will drop by 10:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. as soon as the atmosphere stores to he doubt -- starts to heat up. barlow was 56 degrees yesterday at the inner harbor, 66 and annapolis, also 66. no stormy weather nearby. the nearest rain is up to the great lakes and that will be a mess, and not a hit today. we will have sunshine just ahead. >> our big story, bob ehrlich released his first tv ad this morning. >> kim dacey is live at a polling place in northwest baltimore with that story. >> early voting centers will be open today. they opened on friday and so far nearly 23,000 people statewide have cast their ballots. one of the biggest raises is the race for maryland's governor. bob ehrlich hit the television airwaves yesterday with his first ad of the election season
stan stovall. thank you for joining us this morning. sandra shaw has a quick look at the forecast. we have some good news. >> we have great news. upper 70's and plenty of sunshine. one more hot day today. hurricane earl is a category 2 storm, 85 miles southeast of cape hatteras. they are dealing with tropical storm force conditions right now. it is moving at 18 miles per hour. like recent wind and rain later this morning and maybe early afternoon in ocean city. then clearing nicely there as well. on friday, 87 to 90, one more hot one. the wind will pick up. there is more cool air behind that front. that will pave the way for a lovely labor day weekend. more coming up. but now let's check on your morning commute with kim dacey. >> looking pretty good also as we start the labor day weekend. in ellicott city, eastbound not, there is a a downed pole and some downed wires at waverly woods drive. it is on the shoulder. there are some crews on the scene. otherwise, we are looking good. we're up to speed on the inner loop topside, eight minutes. 895 park between 95 on the south side and the h
friday. i am mindy basara. >> and i am stan stovall. thank you for joining us this morning. >> sandra shaw has a quick look at the forecast. >> earl has been downgraded. it was a category 4 storm. >> it was big at one time. >> it is a category 2 right now. it is all off shore. it gave a glancing blow to the outer banks last night. there were tropical storm force winds, some higher gusts up to about 70, 74. around ocean city, not much impact yet. there is some light rain. tropical storm force conditions are possible. there is a warning for the ocean city area. the flood advisory for the west side of the bay has been canceled. things are now looking good for the chesapeake bay. we are in store for an awesome friday. we have clouds last night and a front will be pushing through later on tonight. that means food news for the weekend. there will be plenty of sunshine. further details on hurricane earl in just a little bit. but now a year from the commute. >> we have just one incident to talk about. there is a downed pole at waverly woods in ellicott city. otherwise, we're lookin
for joining us this morning. we will check the weather and traffic. >> one more hot day for us. over the weekend, we will drop into the 70's. that will be very refreshing. when you step out this morning, you will feel the humidity. the temperature is near 70. when the dew point is close to the actual temperature, there is a lot of water in the year. we will see a few more clouds that it yesterday. we do have better news for the weekend. earl may mess things up at the beginning of the weekend down at the beach. >> fortunately it is a long weekend for folks. >> do not change your plans. the rest of the weekend will be great at the beach. >> we are not dealing with any thing significant out there. we're checking the speed sensors. we are not picking up any real delays. 50 miles per hour on the outer loop around the harrisburg expressway. looking good out of the northeast. 795, check in at speed sensors at 61 miles per hour approaching owings mills. so far so good on 70 approaching the beltway. this is right near 29. east and westbound traffic is looking good so far. it is still moving w
who is on the scene, live in silver springs to bring us up-to-date. >> this is a very dynamic and developing situation. we are getting ready news. authorities giving a news conference at this very moment. it appears that three hostages since i have just been released safely. authorities are telling us exactly what happened with the gunman. the had been negotiating with him for the last four hours. terrifying moments as a gunman carrying what looked like a bomb took hostages inside the sprawling discovery channel building just outside the nation's capital. >> he came in, he was wearing what appeared to be metallic canister devices on his front and back. he also pulled a handgun out and was waiting a handgun. >> but most of the hundreds of people inside the building had no clue what is happening until they were being evacuated. >> a little confusing, a little scary, not really sure what was happening. >> the man was carrying what looked like a disk -- an explosive device. >> we are going under the assumption that it could be explosive devices. >> the building also has its own da
of range of the u.s. radar. there is still some grain into the eastern half of maine. the eye of the storm is over nova scotia right now. it is moving to the northeast. sunny skies and a few showers in western new york state. that is about it. no clouds or rain down here, just pleasant conditions as temperatures rise into the 70's. the cows on your holiday weekend forecast coming up. >> role did not come too close to the maryland shore line. >> we got a little bit of rain and some wind. >> i thought it would be a lot worse. i really did. we came down here for vacation and we have come down here for hurricanes before. it did not seem like a big deal. >> it became a big tourist attraction on friday as everyone wanted to get a glimpse. the problem was many were wondering where he was hiding. >> it was not as bad as we thought it was going to be because that is nice. we still get to come out and see mother nature at her best. >> the only rain came in the midafternoon and the highest wind gusts were about 45 miles per hour. letting was limited to the inland areas and beach erosion was minor. >>
mindy basara. >> and i am stan stovall. thank you for joining us this morning. >> tony pann has a quick look at today's forecast. we are not too worried about earl in baltimore. >> that is a good point. we will not feel any of the affects of earl around baltimore. at stuff will be at the beach. we're shooting for a high temperature in the low 90's. it will still be hot. mostly sunny skies. we will give you the whole scenario on earl and what to expect this weekend. first we say good morning to sarah. >> we have a disabled vehicle on the outer loop at reisterstown road. it does not appear to be causing a delay. the rest of the speed sensors are in great shape. northeast side the harrisburg expressway is checking out fine. so far so good at their. seven minutes on 895 south down to the harbor tunnel tolls. eight minutes on the inner loop from 795 over towards 83. this is the east side and so for it looks good in both loops. the entire beltway is delay-free at this time. not picking up any delays on southbound 95. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> hurricane earl has regained some
and then nova scotia later on. for us, things are looking great. take a look. it looks like we're going to see a nice day today. 20 degrees cooler tomorrow with plenty of sunshine. a great labor day weekend. >> i am increase with your use of sports terminology for in the weather. >> i do not know any sports terms. i will adjust to the traffic for you. we have went situation in ellicott city. there is a downed pole on eastbound 99 all morning. it is not causing any problems as far as backups borat delays. crews will be on the scene. just something to be aware of. otherwise, live drive times are looking good. six minutes on 95 north between 100 and the beltway. seven minutes and no delays to worry about. this is ocean city. coastal highway looking pretty quiet for this time of the morning. we switch over to a live view closer to home and things a quiet on the inner and outer loops. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> our big story, hurricane earl drops down from a category 4 to a category 2 storm. >> is happened last night. visitors and some residents were already under an evacuation orde
hurricane earl with us online. our a hurricane tractor shows the past and its potential to brush ocean city. that is on wbaltv.com. we have a school closing to pass along to parents. baltimore county schools will close two hours early today because of the heat. crews are on the scene of a building collapse and west baltimore to it happened just before 11:00 at west baltimore street. no reports of any injuries. a building inspector as been requested and bge will shut off utilities. and anne arundel county neighborhood is on edge as police search for a man who sexually assaulted an 83-year- old woman. he broke into her house on monday morning and once inside the home, they say he raped the victim and flooded the area. police are looking for a white male in his early 20s. right now they only have of a description -- havea vague description. >> have lighting in place, always a deterrent to criminals. any dates, windows, make sure you -- lock thoseyou gates -- gates, windows, make sure you luck to those. >> another motion to exclude evidence and the prosecution of three men charged in the murde
in the sky and wondered if there will break a break, which we know there will not be. use of our rescue earlier today. how was it going now? -- use all of us to earlier today. how is it going now? -- you saw a rescue earlier today. how is it going now? >> there was someone in a building and that person is dauphin. where i am is the middle of route 40. what you see is all water to it completely closed, route 40. -- what you see is all water. a completely closed, route 40. a red house creaked -- red house creek is right there, and that is what is causing this. it has swollen and run over its banks. when you talk to people who live around here, they will tell you that they have seen flooding before but not like this. how are you doing? have you seen like this before? >> in six years working for the company, and never. >> you are 27 years, aren't you? >> i wish. in all my life i have not seen anything this bad. >> it has not been that long, who have not worked all your life. you will see the water when you get rain. >> nothing like this. >> when did this start? >> at 7:00 when we open up th
, probably more with a 40-to-50-mile-per-hour winds and rain. officials tell us that while they are taking precautions, they're not going overboard. o'malley, 48 hours before -- normally, 48 hours before the estimates, there would be securing rights, but there are no plans to shut them down and secure them. we're also told the folks should not evacuate. stay put. that is another good sign that it should not be too bad for folks in ocean city. for folks who are putting down here for the labor day holiday, don't change your plans. >> it should be out of here by late friday afternoon. i will encourage everybody to monitor the storm, watch local tv and radio stations, and make a decision. i don't think there will be any problems traveling. >> the mayor says the probably the biggest concern they have right now heading into thursday will be folks swimming in the ocean, because there will be keeping a close eye on what is going on out there and will have to keep swimmers out of the water for a certain period of time. that is looking like more and more that will definitely be a possibility. we wil
to the u.s. combat in iraq officials today. obama was quick to point out that this was not a victory speech. >> the president's speech from the oval office last about 15 minutes. thousands watch as he made the monumental announcement, including those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the years since the war began. >> operation iraqi freedom is over. >> as the president made the formal announcement, hundreds of hundreds -- hundreds of thousands of homeless and intently, including rosemarie in baltimore. >> i will probably cry tonight. they will be tears of joy and tears of sadness. >> her son was killed october 15, 2005. he had been there for two months when his hummer was hit by an 18-wheeler and exploded. >> i do not want any parent or any family to have to endure the hurt that i have. it is like it happened yesterday. >> the president focused great deal on what still needs to be done in iraq and afghanistan. 50,000 troops will stay in iraq until the end of 2011. >> advising and assisting the iraqi security forces, supporting iraqi troops in counter-terrorism missions. >> rose marie said
duty to vote. >> voting early is the same process we are used to on election day. it is the same electronic voting machines and the same check-in process. the only difference is where you vote. >> they do not go to the regular precinct. >> to find an early voting polling place, go to our website, wbaltv.com. >> early voting for the primary election runs through thursday, september 9. there will be no voting on sunday. we have posted a link to all the early voting locations on our website, wbaltv.com. just click on politics. >> even though private employers hired more people in the last three months, the unemployment rate went up because not enough jobs were created to absorb the growing number of people looking for work. the jobs report was not great, but it was reassuring enough for starks to jump this afternoon. -- for stocks to jump this afternoon. >> the good news going into this labor day holiday, private employers added 67,000 new jobs in august, making a double-dip recession seem less likely. the bad news, unemployment went up any way to 9.6%, showing once again in the eco
're asking people to use common sense precautions to prepare for tropical winds. that is what we are going to get. >> trash cans were moved off the beach. they are expecting some minor flooding. overall, they are feeling confident that ocean city will be spared from any major damage. >> we will get through this. this is another storm. we feel comfortable with the forecast. we are ready to go and ready to clean up quickly. >> here is another live look at some of the surfers out here in the inlet. again, they are the only ones allowed into the water. very quickly, we're told the emergency center operator will be here for a limited time tomorrow morning. it is going to get serious tomorrow. i am getting wet. look at my pants. is that fair enough? i went in and got dirty. we will see what happens. we will have another live report for you at 6:00. >> you get all to the news, all. he is sending updates to our live wire at wbaltv.com. you can get updates from him and the weather service. you'll also find links to the live wire on our home page. >> here we go again. another oil rig fire is burning
for the weather. >> cool stuff for us this morning, not quite as cool as yesterday morning, but you will need a light jacket at this hour. the barometric pressure at 31.5. we will start out with sunshine this morning. it should stay dry during the day with a high temperature of 82 degrees later on today. so slightly warmer during the day today than yesterday. when we come back, we will check hurricane igor and the seven-day forecast. for now, to the news desk. >> overnight bp engineers began the final plugging of the leak in the gulf of mexico spill. >> jay gray has the latest from louisiana. >> engineers were set to begin the final pressure test on the deep water well. after pouring cement, scientists want to make sure the seal will hold more than 1,100 pounds of pressure per square inch. crew members are confident it will. in the final hours, there has been a sense of pride. >> the fact that it had done so much damage. it is the fact that we were able to help solve and fix something that so many people wanted and needed fixed. >> sealing the well won't solve the problem so many living on th
. >> the game plan to get the word out ask even to use good common sense and caution. prepare for tropical winds. that's what we're going to get. >> heading into the evening the percentage officials moved life guard chairs and trash cans off the beach as they're expecting debris to blow around. they're expecting minor flooding. they feel confident that ocean city will be spared from major damage. >> we're going to get through this. this is another storm. we have plans in place. we're ready to go and clean up quickly and get the weekend back up for the visitors. >> the emergency operations center will open at 4:00 in the morning to make sure everyone is on the same page and no extra precautions need to be taken. as far as us, we're going to follow the storm as well. we'll have updates for you starting tomorrow morning on 11 news today. and for now in ocean city, tv 11 news. >> of course -- beach patrol is monitoring the storm and warning beachgoers to be on alert. and a number of patients with beach related injuries will end up here. >> i spent
, this is -- this is a near miss. if this had been right on point, it would have been a mess for us. right now, we've got wind gusts of over 70 miles per hour and it's a sand-driven, wind-driven rain that is just really brutal. we have had reports of flooding. we still have power throughout good portions of the outer banks right now. a lot of people are really, really excited about the fact that this could have been much worse. it's downgraded in its size and power. right now, we do have hurricane warnings in effect still for the northern half of the coastline of north carolina. we also have tropical storm watches and warnings all the way up to new england. hurricane warnings for parts of new england as well. the big problem is going to be the storm surge. not so much the rain. it's going to be the storm surge, anywhere from two to four feet of storm surge, some areas picking up five feet of storm surge, but make no mistake, rainfall is still going to be an issue. we're talking about rain that could be anywhere from two to four to six inches, some areas picking up seven to ten inches of rain, especially as yo
to one in cash on hand. >> marilyn's first attempt at early voting began today. officials tell us they want went well. george is here with more on this. what kind of turnout did we have? >> pretty good, officials say. they were not sure exactly what to expect because voters are not used to going to the polls 11 days before election day. tonight we have the first card numbers on how this early voting experiment did the first timeout. >> doug and glory are two of the more than 12,000 who took advantage of the inaugural attempt at early voting on friday. it is the kind of turnout state election officials had hoped for. the last update was set by p.m. prince george's, baltimore, and anne arundel counties were the top turnouts. >> if the numbers they the same as they were today, we will reach that 20%. >> these and around a county candidates did not expect early voting to keep -- anne arundel candidates. >> i think it shows that a good decision was made in giving the voters that opportunity. >> doesn't favor one party chances of winning over another? >> that is tough to say. this is ma
to under 50 points. the nasdaq gained 62. u.s. auto sales are no longer you're helping to lead an economic recovery and it is not just the big bands of taking a hit. will general motors all sales fall 7%, ford, 5%, subaru salt -- saw sales fall more than 7%. economic fears are also forcing car manufacturers to hold back incentives, which also drives potential customers away. there is a bit of good economic news locally him. maryland gained about 46,000 jobs from june to july. the report also alludes to a potential jump in the nation's unemployment rate to somewhere above 95%. maryland's rate still remains well below that figure. as we first reported earlier this month, the state is dealing with a pretty large surplus tonight to the tune of about -- the bulk of that comes from tax revenue. the surplus will be dumped into the rainy day fund and the baltimore business journal breaks down the numbers even further. we have a link to the story on wbaltv.com. parents, new research may have you thinking twice before cutting down on your kids for sleeping too much. we will explain. we'll tell you h
explosion of the gulf coast. stay with us. now i can stop pain from any angle-- with no mess. (announcer) new icy hot spray. relief that's icy to dull pain, hot to relax it away. and no mess. new icy hot spray. don't mess around with pain. >> new york city police are investigating the death of a girl who weighed just 15 pounds. the girl had a medical condition affecting her lungs. she was found dead in this york city apartment. her mother is being questioned because the girl only weighed 15 pounds and the police found bruises on her arms and twine in her crib. the mother admitted time the girl as a form of punishment. the fire on thursday came less than five months after the explosion of the deepwater horizon oil rig that killed 11 people and was the worst offshore oil spill in the nation's history. this time, no one was killed. because guard says that no crude-oil is leaking. still to come, there's a dramatic increase in the number of military veterans being treated for sleep apnea. find out what doctors say may be causing the problem. >> earl is off shore and a cold front to the west.
hitting a pinata. before long, you may find yourself setting aside guess you cannot use to read get during the holiday season. that is the strategy in our house. no matter how many holiday gifts, you will not go home with an old heisman trophy. the heisman trust has announced they will not award the forfeited trophy to the runner- up. instead, history will reflect the 2005 season had no heisman trophy winner. what happens to the actual trophy itself remains unknown trade at last check, it had not surfaced on ebay. your 70 forecast right after this. -- your seven-day forecast right after this. >> challenger gregg bernstein is ahead for -- where live with the latest plus a security officer of gunfire after witness in armed robbery at a northeastern baltimore shopping center. baltimore shopping center. those stories and more tonight my commute home to the eastern shore every night only takes an hour but that's more time than congress spends reading massive spending bills, it's crazy. that's why i wrote a law that requires 72 hours to read every bill. i read the big bills and i said no. no to
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